Jacob in the NT
Why So Much Time on Jacob?
1. Demonstrates the Bible’s Veracity
Israel – It’s from him that we get the twelve tribes
Think of the stories you’re raised hearing about our founding fathers
Yet here we have chapter after chapter of a man and his family that demonstrate glaring imperfections and failures through and through
One big reason for this (think of the Priests, Kings and Judges) is to create in the nation both
even Israel’s High Priest had to be snatched from judgment, according to Deuteronomy. How completely devoid of merit, therefore, and how dependent on the mercy of God was a people whose very High Priest had to be saved from death.
2. It calls unique attention to God’s sovereign mercy
But the question is whether this idea of more or less reflects the real and significant meaning of the statement in our text. We do not believe so. The “love” that is spoken of in our text is sovereign and unconditional. It is God’s “love” for Israel. It did not take into account the birthright prerogative of Esau (Gen. 25:25), the feelings or attitudes of the parents (Gen. 25:28), or even the moral imperfections of Jacob (Gen. 25:29–34) and his descendants throughout their history and in the time of Malachi. God’s “love” was in no way conditioned by the moral qualities of its object, but emanated from his sovereign will and mercy. This “love” is undefmable in terms of more or less.